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During our January 2013 webinar, Rowena List (professional organizer), discussed the problem of clutter and how it affects us. As entrepreneurs, we have limited time and resources . . . clutter can slow us down and impact productivity! Here is a brief recap of our webinar:
How Clutter Affects Us
Managing clutter is an ongoing process as new things always are, and always will be, coming in that require our attention. Getting organized takes time, but it’s important to know how we’re affected when clutter goes unmanaged. Clutter:
- increases our stress level
- lowers our productivity as it causes us to waste time
- causes procrastination
- affects us financially (eg: paying for storage, paying to replace lost items)
- may cause shame and embarrassment
According to Rowena, clutter goes beyond our surroundings: it can also exist on our computer (think about your email inbox or your documents) and in our minds (too many things going on at once). While you may need professional help to truly solve your clutter problems, there are four easy steps that you can implement right away to keep your home more orderly!
4 Simple Rules to Reduce Clutter
1. If you take it out, put it back.
2. If you open it, close it.
3. If you throw it down, pick it up.
4. If you take it off, hang it up.
About Rowena List:
Rowena List of Getting It Together is a professionally trained Professional Organizer, Keynote Presenter and Productivity Expert. She has been self employed since she was 19.
Rowena believes that clutter and disorganization holds you back in business. It is her mission to support other entrepreneurs in moving forward with “getting it together.” Getting and staying organized reduces stress,gives you more time and more money.